One of the most heard problems of people interested into street photography is “how do you ask someone?”
The answer is incredibly simple.
“You use your mouth”
Yep it’s that simple. Just walk up to someone with a big smile and just ask if he or she minds their picture taken. Tell them you’re working on a school project or personal project (saves explaining it’s not commercial) and shoot.
Most of the times you ask someone it’s already an interesting character, and trust me they know. So don’t worry. I’ve done it many many times and hardly ever get a “no”.
And let’s be honest… what’s the worst that can happen….. indeed ….. “no” and as far as I know nobody ever ended up in the hospital after a “no”
Do be careful.
Don’t just point your camera towards a group of men with a gun in their pants or if you suspect illegal activities. Don’t just be anti social and stick a camera in someone’s face. Just smile and ask. You’ll see it’s really easy.
Oh one final tip.
If someone points a gun to your face…. they probably don’t mean that they want to sell it. (Just kidding)